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The Washington Post has the Bush corruption du jour:

Witnesses have told congressional investigators that the chief of the General Services Administration and a deputy in Karl Rove's political affairs office at the White House joined in a videoconference earlier this year with top GSA political appointees, who discussed ways to help Republican candidates.

With GSA Administrator Lurita Alexis Doan and up to 40 regional administrators on hand, J. Scott Jennings, the White House's deputy director of political affairs, gave a PowerPoint presentation on Jan. 26 of polling data about the 2006 elections.

When Jennings concluded his presentation to the GSA political appointees, Doan allegedly asked them how they could "help 'our candidates' in the next elections," according to a March 6 letter to Doan from Rep. Henry A. Waxman (D-Calif.), chairman of the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee. Waxman said in the letter that one method suggested was using "targeted public events, such as the opening of federal facilities around the country."

Point of local interest: If I recall correctly, Scott Jennings holds the White House political job that Tim Griffin once held (in addition to being, as the article notes, instrumental in his emergence as the focal point of a burgeoning scandal). Griffin is, of course, the Rove disciple who was to be made U.S. attorney in Little Rock for the balance of Bush's term without Senate confirmation. Then it hit the fan. Do you think maybe Griffin has political plans for his tenure here? It would be out of character to do otherwise in the Bush administration.

 

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